Check out the review of Jessica's The Bodyfeel Lexicon in the new issue of H_NGM_N!
Bozek’s rhythm is hypnotic, like a song one would sing to a child at night with half-mooned eyes; it is by way of lullaby that this poet awakens the reader to a wonderfully mismatched world of language and identity. The correspondence captured in letters written to and from Leon, her memory and self whisks the reader into a world of whimsy where identity becomes indiscernible.
I also reviewed one of our former Gatewood Prize finalists, Sandra Simonds' Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2008), in the same issue.
Switchback poet, Jessica Bozek, will be reading in Massachusetts in a couple weeks if you happen to be on the East Coast. Please join her in celebrating and recognizing poetry in festival form. The festival is 11:45 to 5pm but Jessica will be reading at exactly 12:32, exactly.
Massachusetts Poetry Festival
Saturday, October 17, 2009
11:45-5 (I'm on at 12:32 pm)
Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack St. Lowell, MA
In case you haven't gotten your copy of our latest and greatest, The Bodyfeel Lexicon by Jessica Bozek, you can now order one through Small Press Distribution in addition to our website. Show your support for this brilliant, talented woman!
On Monday, July 14, Switchback Book poetesses Hanna, Daniela, Jess, Bibi, Helen & Rachel hosted a poetry workshop at Norwood Crossing, an assisted living and nursing home care facility on the far Northwest side of Chicago, in Norwood Park.
Using Joe Brainard's I Remember poems as a template, it was our hope that the anaphoric exercise would prompt and celebrate personal history,
memory, and lived experience for those participating.
We were honored to work with an amazing group of women: Eleanor, Pat, Violet, Lavina, Joan and Connie-- who drew from wide and varied personal narratives to write and share incredible I Remember poems. Their memories detailed immigration, tradition, poverty, young love, death, childhood, assimilation, marriage, friendships, language, and family. It was empowering, for all involved, to share in this unique rendering of women's experiences.
Thanks to Bibi for taking pictures! And special thanks to Ryan and Molly, Norwood Crossing staff members who helped plan and...
The winner of the 2007 Gatewood Prize, as chosen by judge Patty Seyburn:
Oneiromance (an epithalamion), by Kathleen Rooney
Patty Seyburn had this to say about her selection:
Oneiromance (an epithalamion) gives the marriage poem a case of vertigo, displacing while embracing the panoply of possibility when two people attempt to forge a life together. Kathleen Rooney creates a dream-state with fluid borders and a surreal set of laws that allow her to question inherited wisdom and perception, all the while converging on the altar from numerous (occasionally, numinous) angles. The romance persists between the narrator and the beloved—and crucially, between the author and language’s opportunities to address the nuances and edges of commitment deemed inexplicable. These poems contain deep doubt and true sentiment, providing that pleasure-giving union of provocation and renewal.